According to El Mundo Deportivo, Nacho Monreal has signed for Real Sociedad, and as such will not be available for tomorrow’s North London derby.
They report that the full-back will attend the game, and will have a chance to say goodbye to fans afterwards, but Arsenal have accepted that playing him might put the transfer at risk should he pick up an injury and thus won’t consider him for selection.
The fee has been called ‘symbolic’, with the Spanish club set to pay €250,000 in instalments with some of it dependent on ‘sporting results’.
It’s not a lot of money, but we’ll be sure to make use of the €100 a week they send for the next 250 weeks.
If this is accurate, it means that Unai Emery will have to pick Sead Kolasinac, and it might mean a change in formation as the head coach has often been reluctant to use the Bosnian in a back four.
Of course there is the possibility that Nacho could still play, but we’ll find out tomorrow I guess.